Friday, June 16, 2006
A-Rod says he's discovered mechanical flaw in swing
WASHINGTON -- All was not lost for Alex Rodriguez during his 1-for-5 game with three strikeouts Friday night. He says he and Yankees hitting coach Don Mattingly discovered a mechanical flaw causing Rodriguez's recent slump.
"We figured it out, and I am going to be working with Donnie a little bit. It's a relief to know what it is," the All-Star third baseman said after New York's 7-5 victory at the Washington Nationals.
Rodriguez said the problem was "too technical" to explain, adding: "At least we have our finger on it."
He had an infield single in the third inning Friday but otherwise popped up to first base and had those three Ks, including looking with runners at second and third in the seventh and swinging with the bases loaded in the eighth.
After the latter, he threw his bat down, ripped off his batting gloves and tossed his helmet.
"It's not mental. I was so excited for those two at-bats, probably a little to excited," Rodriguez said, referring to the final two strikeouts. "I really enjoyed the at-bats, just didn't enjoy the results."
Rodriguez has four hits in his last 25 at-bats (.160) and 13 in his last 56 (.232), dropping his average to .275.
"The relief is knowing that there is an issue and we are going to address it versus just struggling and feeling like you are lost. That is not good," he said.
"When you have a mechanical thing, you have to address it," he said.
Before the game, manager Joe Torre said he's been considering moving Rodriguez around in the lineup, perhaps up from fifth to second.
"Alex is still fighting himself," Torre said after the game. "It seems like every time you look up there you are 0-2 when you are struggling like that."